Holidays in Sand in Taufers
About 80 3,000 meter high peaks and a mighty medieval castle characterize the scenery around the romantic village Sand in Taufers, which is at the same time the lively center of Tauferer Ahrntal. The city Bruneck is only a few kilometers away and also the skiing regions Speikboden, Klausberg and Kronplatz are easily reachable.
The fortified castle Taufers is located on a small hill slightly above Sand in Taufers and still today it seems to guard the village and its inhabitants. The castle is open to the public, exhibiting for instance knight’s armors and a fully equipped torture chamber. In mild summer evenings, time and again there even take place concerts.
During the summer month the village itself is a meeting point for locals as well as for guests, which stroll through the nice alleys, meet friends and taste some delicacies of the local cuisine – especially from July to September, when restaurants and hotels establish their kitchens on the streets of the village and organize together the popular specialty evenings called “Tauferer Straßenküche”.
History of Sand in Taufers
The nice village in the middle of Tauferer Ahrntal was first mentioned between 1050 and 1065; its former names “Sand Maurizien” and “Sant” appeared in 1296 or 1410.
The today’s municipality was founded in 1926 with the official title “Campo Tures” and including the 8 districts Sand, Drittelsand, Ahornach, Rein, Kematen, Mühlen, Mühlwald and Lappach. However, the last ones – Mühlbach and Lappach – shortly after were separated again and since that time, they form together their own municipality.
Till the middle of the 19th century, Sand in Taufers didn’t play an important role for the economy of the region. But the situation changed quickly with the rise of tourism and alpinism. Primarily the opening of the skiing region Speikboden in 1973 caused a boom. Today, Sand in Taufers has about 180 hotels, pensions etc. with circa 3,500 guest beds and 390,000 nights per year.